Big Government vs. Little Sisters: a breach too far
With over ninety lawsuits in courts for over two years contesting the government’s violation of the Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, this one may be emblematic.
Prejudice as strong as ever?
It takes many forms, and it snakes its way through cultural relativism. But it’s alive and very active.
Little Sisters of the Poor and Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate
Sir Thomas More said he was the king’s good servant, but God’s first. This modern day version isn’t far off.
Little Sisters vs. big government
As they say in politics, the optics are bad in this one.
Justice Sotomayor’s New Year’s Eve surprise ruling
She ruled against Obamacare’s HHS mandate. Then she was dancing in Times Square.
HHS mandate, the other Obamacare problem
The general public and the media are finally dealing with the reality of Obamacare. Great numbers of Americans have a nearly two year jump on that process.
US government debt deal winners and losers
Big media have spent the past several days handicapping who won and lost most in political terms. The bishops have another measure.
US Independence Day weekend 2013
What’s the state of the union built on the freedoms we celebrate this weekend? In a word, threatened.
HHS contraceptive mandate threatens more than religious freedom
It’s an assault on sensibilities. Worse, it’s perpetuating the real ‘war on women’ along with the myths about a phony one. Because the drugs being claimed under the umbrella of ‘women’s preventive health services’ are actually dangerous for women’s health. Who’s talking about that?
Obama’s drone attack power meets resistance
This president and his administration are not used to pushback, and haven’t had to answer to much of it anyway, thanks to a largely complicit media and a discombobulated Congress mostly unable to directly engage him. And then came Rand Paul.
HHS ‘compromise’: “80 pages of nothing new”
The basic mandate that employers with religious objections to the HHS contraceptive coverage still have to comply or pay punitive fines still stands. The latest fig leaf changes little, but it took a few days to wade through the dense and convoluted legalese the government issued to essentially say ‘we’re not willing to budge, more than an inch.’
Obama declares Religious Freedom Day
In another twist on news that doesn’t square with other news, and words by the president that don’t match actions by the president…
Obamacare HHS mandate gets judicial correction
It was always wrong. But because it was issued by executive fiat, its violation of law had to go through the process of being tried, and there are many lawsuits standing against it.
Justices order Obamacare back to court
Had President Obama lost the election, it would have been eliminated and replaced by new healthcare reform. But his win doesn’t assure that his signature legislation will survive intact.
Now that there’s been another week for the election results to sink in, more writers are taking stock of what happened, and there’s an interesting juxtaposition of views on social issues going on. Just as there was during the heat of the campaigns. Was it, is it, better to emphasize them, or de-emphasize them?
Obama’s internet ‘kill swtich’
A long time ago I saved news links to a story that got very little buzz at the time but caught my attention…the possibility that the president might issue an executive order to control the internet, under the pretext of security concerns. The story has recycled now, I’m not good at cleaning out saved files, and so dots are easier to connect.
Who speaks for women?
Now that’s become a very interesting question.
What August 1st meant
The HHS mandate went into effect. Religious institutions have a year ‘to figure out how they’re going to violate their consciences’, as NY Cardinal Timothy Dolan put it. Other employers have to do it now. And on the same day, Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day was held across America. How are they connected?
Religious freedom and the Obamacare “Tax”
What impact will Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision to uphold the individual mandate as a tax have on the battle for the right to religious liberty and conscientious objection?
About that Supreme Court Obamacare ruling
Nearly all the experts predicted it would wind up a 5-4 decision and that Anthony Kennedy would be the swing vote. They got it half right.